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Best Local Interest Blog, Best Local Website, Best Local Podcast, Best Local Twitter Feed
Holy City Sinner

When Christian Senger moved to Charleston more than a decade ago, he realized just how much the city had to offer beyond the typical tourist sights and big attractions. 

“I realized after a few years of living here that there are a lot of things that don’t get a lot of coverage,” he said. “So I thought maybe there’s room for me to create my own website and still talk about the big things everybody knows about because those are still important but also try to share some of the small events and things that don’t get that much media attention.”

In 2011, he launched Holy City Sinner, which won Best Local Interest Blog, Best Local Website, Best Local Podcast and Best Local Twitter Feed this year. Since then, Senger’s website has become one of the top resources for Charlestonians looking for local events and happenings. 

“When I was trying to think of a name [for the website], I always wanted to include ‘Holy City’ in some capacity,” he said. “I thought it was a cool nickname for a city to have. So it came down to either Holy City Saint or Holy City Sinner, and I thought HC Sinner was a little funnier, a little tongue-in-cheek. And it represented the city as well because we have many churches and that Southern genteel culture, but we also have that darker side with all the bars and parties and ghost tours.”

Sengar decided to extend his brand last year by launching a podcast, Holy City Sinner Radio, which allows him to dive more deeply into Charleston-area news stories as well as an opportunity to interview and showcase local people of interest. Everyone from Mayor Tecklenberg to Mark Bryan has appeared on his show in the last year.